Even as the Amritsar police are yet to nab the accused in the school boy kidnapping case, three persons, including the driver and helper of the school bus, by which five-year-old Harwanshbir commuted, have approached the Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), levelling charges against the city police of subjecting them to "inhuman torture".
In a complaint to the PHRO, van driver Harmesh Singh, helper Gurmeet Singh and another driver Gurinder Singh alleged, "As soon as the information came that the boy had been kidnapped, the police picked us and after initial questioning took us to Civil Lines. There we were tortured and subjected to electric shocks on private parts and ears. We were so badly beaten up that our legs got affected."
The three, claiming that they had nothing to do with the kidnapping, have demanded strict action against the policemen who tortured them. All three who are hospitalised underwent a medical examination after they approached the PHRO on Saturday.
Giving details, PHRO principal investigator Sarabjit Singh Verka said, "The persons who had approached us were tortured by the police in an inhuman manner. We demand tough action against the cops who did this. If police suspected the involvement of any of these persons in the matter, they should have adopted the right methods and not gone ahead with third-degree torture."
Moreover, the police did not register any case against them and also did not inform their families that they would question the driver and helper. After torture, the three were set free. "PHRO wants police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh to take action against the erring cops," Verka demanded.
When contacted, Aulakh said, "I am yet to receive a complaint and have heard of this only from the media. We will probe it as soon as we receive a formal complaint."
On Wednesday, Harwanshbir was kidnapped by unidentified people soon after the school van dropped him outside his house at Ranjit Avenue.
Later, the police rounded up the van driver, helper and others for questioning. As the police were also conducting various search operations in the city, the kidnappers set the boy free near Guru Nanak Avenue on Majitha Road.
The police have been looking for kidnappers and claim that they had vital leads.